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Daily Updates from Rio 2016 by Canadian Sport Institute Pacific
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DAY #14

Friday, August 19, 2016 // Sexta-feira, 19 Agosto, 2016

A special edition of Collaborate. Serve. Innovate.
A daily update from Rio 2016 by the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

Featuring daily news from the Games about how CSI Pacific-affiliated athletes are performing, athlete profiles and their social media, live from Rio!


"Well, in a fortnight of exciting days, today may have topped them all. It featured some unbelievable results, a string of medals, as well as one disqualification that earned us a medal and one that originally did, and then did not.  Amazing!

Like much of the country, we were glued to the bronze medal soccer game this morning between Canada and Brazil, with our women bringing home the medal after an inspiring 2-1 victory.  We have had the pleasure of working day-in, day-out with these amazing athletes over the last couple of years. 

Our partnership with Canada Soccer includes having CSI Pacific staff member Cesar Meylan work very closely with coach John Herdman and the athletes full-time over the past two years in both a strength & conditioning and physiology capacity. We have also provided nutrition service for this team over the past two years, including nutritionist Becca Hall creating the comprehensive meal plan for these women while they compete in Brazil.  She has worked with each hotel in Brazil to construct a menu that meets the team's specific requirements for recovery, training and game-day demands. As the team behind the team, we at CSI Pacific are proud of the contributions our staff provide, assisting Canada's women in succeeding at the highest level.

With two days left in the Rio Games, Team Canada has already exceeded medal expectations. Two more medals and Canada will have its most medals ever at a non-boycotted Games. We can't wait to see which ones they will be!"

Wendy Pattenden
CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific


Find out how CSI Pacific-affiliated athletes are faring at the Rio Olympics

Canada's Women Win Repeat Bronze in Soccer Thiller

Today, the Canadian Women's National Team did something no Canadian team has done since 1908: they won a medal in back-to-back Olympics.  They did it on the back of an impressive 2-1 win over host country Brazil.  With a huge partisan home crowd cheering on the Brazilians, it was Canada who used that energy to their advantage.  

Deanne Rose (Alliston, ON) scored in the first half, the 17-year old becoming the youngest goal scorer in Olympic soccer tournament history.  And then the legend and captain Christine Sinclair (Burnaby, BC) scored to double their advantage in the second half.  Brazil got one back but could not score the crucial equalizer, earning Canada a bronze medal, repeating their feat of London 2012.

Canada's Men Win Bronze in 4x100 After USA Disqualified

Canada's Men's 4x100m Relay won Bronze late in the Rio evening after originally finishing fourth, but having the American team (who had been second) be disqualified due a baton handoff violation.  The team includes CSI Pacific-affiliated athlete Aaron Brown (Toronto, ON), as well as his teammates Andre De Grasse, Akeem Haynes and Brendon Rodney, and Bolade Ajomale, who had raced in earlier heats.  The men set a new Canadian Record with their time of 37.64.

Dunfee Gets Canadian Best-Ever Finish After Wild Day in 50km Race Walk

Day 14 of the Olympics actually got off to a wild start with another controversy and a newsworthy collision in the 50km Race Walk.  Evan Dunfee (Richmond, BC) was in 3rd place after 49km, when he and Japanese Race Walker Hirooki Arai bumped into each other, moving Arai to 3rd and knocking Dunfee back into 4th, where he eventually finished. After the race, Athletics Canada filed a protest, temporarily giving Dunfee the bronze medal. However, Arai's team filed an appeal, ulimately winning that appeal, giving Arai the bronze and giving Dunfee a fourth-place finish.  

Dunfee ultimately agreed with the result.  "Following my return to the village and my viewing of the incident I made the decision not to appeal," wrote Dunfee, "as I believe the right decision stood." Dunfee's 4th-place finish was the highest placing ever by a Canadian in this event.

The Women's 4x100m also ran the finals on Friday night after qualifying the previous day.  The women, including CSI Pacific-affiliated athletes Phylicia George (Markham, ON)  and Khamica Bingham (Brampton, ON) and their teammates Crystal Emmanuel and Farah Jacques, finished in 7th place. 

One more relay was run, as well, with Sage Watson (Medicine Hat, AB) as part of the Women's 4x400m team.  They finished third in their heat and move on to Saturday night's final at 6pm PST.  It will be the last event for any CSI Pacific-affilated athletes at the Rio Games.


Nyhaug Earns Best Ever Canadian Finish in BMX

Tory Nyhaug (Coquitlam, BC) competed in the Cycling-BMX semi-finals this morning, coming in 6th in his first race, then strong finished of 3rd and 3rd in the remaining two races, earning him 3rd overall in his semi-final and a spot in the finals, which occurred less than 30 minutes later. 

In the finals, Nyhaug passed three riders late and earned a 5th place finish, the highest ever for a Canadian at the Olympics.


Catharine Pendrel

Sport: Cycling - Mountain Bike
Born: September 30, 1980
Birthplace: Fredericton, NB
Hometown: Kamloops, BC



the age Canada Soccer's goal scorer Deanne Rose was when Canada's other goal scorer, Christine Sinclair, played her first international match. Rose is the youngest goal scorer in women's Olympics soccer tournament history (17 years, 170 days), while Sinclair earned her 250th international cap today.


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As two of 13 staff members representing Canadian Sport Institute Pacific at Rio 2016, Physiologist and Innovation & Research Lead Trent Stellingwerff and Chief Medical Officer & Health Science Lead Paddy McCluskey were on hand to support Athletics Canada for the 50km Race Walk. The event is one of the most grueling at the Summer Games where athletes can’t rely on stored energy and need to take on carbs during the race. Stellingwerff helped Canadians Mathieu Bilodeau and Evan Dunfee throughout the race was with McCluskey providing medical support after they finished. A CSI Pacific registered-athlete, Dunfee set a new Canadian record by coming in fourth in the race.

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About Canadian Sport Institute Pacific: Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence.
Offering world-class Olympic and Paralympic training environments in Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific ( is committed to Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence. Working with national sport organizations and fueled by our national and provincial partners such as Sport Canada, viaSport, Own the Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaches Association of Canada, we are driven by our mantra to Collaborate. Serve. Innovate. Our team of sport scientists and medical experts provide leading edge programs and services to athletes and coaches to ensure they have every advantage to win medals for Canada.

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